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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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"The generalized history of an epoch sadly misrepresents the real individual feelings of the quiet people in back streets and in country towns."—A. N. Whitehead
The late 'forties in America were
marked by war, pestilence and the emigrant rush to the West. The in­fluence of each upon Stephen appears to have been small. His interest in the Mexican War was manifested in a single musical composi­tion, a "quick-step" for military bands cele­brating General Taylor's victory at Buena Vista. During the widespread cholera epi­demic of 1849, Stephen included a line for the assurance of his mother in a letter to his brother Morrison:1 "Tell Ma she need not trouble herself about the health of Cincinnati as our weather is very healthy/'* Later the city had many cases of cholera, and in the hot month of July 1849 "long funerals blackened all the way."2 Stephen himself suffered from " 'fever and ague, possibly a malarial condi­tion."3 As for the emigrants bound for the California gold fields Stephen heard them sing­ing, as they passed through the city, their own
* "There is not a single case of cholera in Cincinnati."—The Atlasy April 9j i 849.

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